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The premise is fine, it could be good, but sadly isn’t. Trying to be twilight in a Harry Potter setting and failing to hit either mark at all.
I was made uncomfortable by the misogyny of the prose - idiot girl needs men to save her continuously, none of whom deign to offer her any explanation as to why. There is a lack of emotional depth to any of the characters, and the lead male is completely unlikable, treating the lead female extraordinarily badly throughout. I realise this is a children’s book, but this is not a healthy model of relationships to be presenting to anyone.
A personal issue: There are some phrases that cropped up repeatedly that must be American vernacular, which I found grating:
‘On accident’ and ‘could care less’.
None of this has made me eager to listen to the next book, which is disappointing as I am a committed HP fan and enjoyed Twilight too.
I purchased this book because it was described as a cross between Harry Potter and Twilight, two of my favorite things! While not as life changing as either of the above mentioned, still very good and I will continue on to book two.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
What an extraordinary beginning to what promises to be an extraordinary story. Eden is such a strong character. I loved every minute of the story. I can't wait to start book 2.
Bailey Carr did an amazing job narrating the story. She had some great accents and the inflections in her voice were on point.
Overall it was a great experience listening to this story!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful